Alina Harris is a New Hampshirite and recent UNH graduate with the brand new major called Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production Systems. After farming in Sweden she found her love for agriculture and has never looked back. She has worked on Farms in New Hampshire (New Roots, Apple Crest, and Kingman Farm) and also spent a summer in Martha’s Vineyard working on a diversified farm (Morning Glory Farm). During her studies at UNH she spent a semester in New Zealand studying organic agriculture, agro-ecology, soil science and livestock production. Since New Zealand has virtually no feedlot meat farms, they are the kings of pasture-raised meat. In upcoming years Alina is very excited to expand the diversity of the farm with the addition of a beef herd.
Nick Reppun is from the island of Oahu in Hawaii. He is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles with a BA in Art History and Visual Arts with a Studio Emphasis. Until coming to New Hampshire, Nick was self employed on the diversified organic farm where he grew up. The farm is completely off the grid; powered by solar panels and hydropower. One of the native staple crops found on his family farm and throughout Hawaii is taro (Colocasia esculenta). Although most people in the North East have rarely heard of taro, thanks to Nick, Sanborn Mills Farm is currently growing an experimental taro patch! It is unlikely that there will be a long enough growing season to produce a substantial root crop, but the tasty spinach-like leaves will be available for sale in the 2012 growing season.
Alina and Nick believe that a truly sustainable farm includes both the Plant and Animal Kingdoms. The plants feed the animals and the animals return the nutrients back to the land through their manure. Furthermore, they are very excited to introduce a third Kingdom—Fungi— to Sanborn Mills and its surrounding community. Mushrooms can be cultivated indoors and outdoors and can therefore be consumed locally during the winter in their fresh and dried forms. Honeybees technically fall under the animal Kingdom but they deserve to be mentioned for their use as helpful pollinators and honey makers. There are two young hives at Sanborn Mills that will hopefully produce small amounts of saleable honey in 2013.